Water balloons & bolivian buses

Trip Start Oct 03, 2011
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

I am moving so fast these days that I am having to go back and try to recount things from over a week ago....if only I could do blog entries while I was on my 24 hour buses....

I went straight from the Uyuni Salt Flats to Sucre which is Bolivia's 'old' capital and still considered the culture capital of the country.  The city itself is beautiful with cobbled stoned streets and the old Spanish style architecture that I love.  I honestly cannot get enough of the wooden doors, each with their own character and presence.  You would think after almost 5 months I would be tired of my 'door' pictures but I'm really not.  I only fantasize about what I can do with all of them when I get home.  In fact so much of the art and textiles that I see while I'm traveling make my creative side stir and think about all of the things I want to make and learn how to make when I get back to the states.

I only was able to spend 3 days in Sucre, but this is a city I could have spent a lot more time in.  The first day was just spent exploring the city (we found a wonderful cafe that overlooked the whole city) and then the second day we went to a small town about 2 hours outside of the city to where all of the artisan come from.  There was a big open air market in the town but the coolest part was getting to meet the artists that make all of the beautiful textiles that you see all around Sucre.  I bought a set of pillow cases and the husband weaves the outside of the pillow cases with alpaca wool and the wife spins the design on the pillow cases out of llama.  I got to meet their whole family and it was such an honor to get to meet them and then be able to directly buy the beautiful crafts from them.

I spent the last day I was there I also walking around the city and enjoying the buzz that was coming with Carnival around the corner.  In some countries Carnival is only a few days but it seems that in South America it can last for weeks.  The first signs of Carnival are groups of kids (and sometimes adults) packed into the back of a pickup truck throwing water balloons at innocent people walking the streets.  For obvious reasons I don't have pictures of this but I will say that I had to change on more than one occasion because I became utterly drenched while walking the streets.  But it's always all in good fun and my favorite is when I get hit with a balloon and find a 80+ year old woman has throne it at me.  Then you really know everyone is involved :)   
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